Fewer than 10 percent of children's books released in 2015 had a black person as the main character, according to a yearly analysis by the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. And while the number of children's books about minorities has increased in the past 20 years, many classroom libraries have older books.More reading news from the Columbia Basin Herald:
Last fall, Marley decided to do something about it. She set a goal of collecting 1,000 books about black girls by the beginning of February, and #1000blackgirlbooks was born.
Staff at Peninsula and Midway elementary schools teamed up last week to teach Jedi reading tips to students much older than the ones they see every day.Congratulations to Garfield High for winning the 2016 Orca Bowl. What's that competition? From UW's College of the Environment:
The schools worked cooperatively to host a Star Wars-themed literature night Tuesday with the goal of teaching parents engaging activities they can participate in with their children to help the youngsters learn to read at home. The event was the second of its kind hosted by staff at both schools for students in kindergarten and first grade, and their parents.
Ragan said the idea was partially inspired by parents, too. She said many parents are frequently asking what they can do with their children at home to further their learning objectives.
Each year at Orca Bowl, high school students from across Washington convene for a little friendly competition to test each others’ knowledge of the world’s oceans.Want to support getting kids jazzed about science, technology, engineering, arts and math? Here's what former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is doing via his ShareSpace Foundation. He has this great tee-shirt that says, "Destination: Mars."
Over the weekend, a team from Seattle’s Garfield High School went toe-to-toe with Newport High School and, in the end, took top honors. They’re now eligible to participate in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals held in April, where teams representing 25 regions across the country will meet.
Speaking of science, the Google Science Fair is on with submissions due May 17th.
The Google Science Fair is a global online science and engineering competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. Submit a science or engineering project and win unbelievable prizes.What's on your mind?